The 14th annual Fishing for the Cure Ice Fishing Tournament is set for this Saturday, Feb. 15.
Hosted by Alexandria Industries, the fishing tournament raises money for Relay for Life of Douglas County. All proceeds from the tournament go to the American Cancer Society event.
The tournament, which runs from noon to 3 p.m., will take place on Smith Lake, just off of Smith Lake Road Southeast and County Road 82.
Tickets are $10 through Friday, and can be purchased at several locations including Alexandria Industries, Christopherson Bait Shop, Elden’s Fresh Foods and Paul’s Small Engines, all in Alexandria, and The General Store in Osakis. They can also be purchased online at fishingforthecure.net, and at the registration site on the lake the day of the tournament.
Created by a small group of Alexandria Industries employees, the Fishing for the Cure challenge is about everyday people making a difference in the fight against cancer. At its first event in 2007, there were 112 people who raised $620.
During last year’s tournament, nearly 1,300 people participated, including more than 205 kids who were 12 years of age and younger. Last year’s challenge raised $60,000 for the Relay for Life event.
Based on funds raised, the Alexandria Industries team was the No. 1 team in Minnesota, as well as ranking second in the north region and 33rd nationwide for last year’s Relay for Life of Douglas County event.
This year’s fundraising goal is $75,000. Over the past 14 years, the Fishing for the Cure Ice Fish Tournament has donated more than $300,000 to help find a cure for cancer.
Prizes will be awarded for the top 100 fish by largest weight and time registered in two categories – top 50 for large fish, including walleye and northern; and top 50 in small fish, including crappie, sunfish and perch. In the event of a tie, the first fish registered takes priority.
Special prizes will be awarded to all kids 12 years of age and younger who are entered in the tournament.
Anglers can fish anywhere on Smith Lake and the tournament does allow fish house shelters.
Participants must observe all Minnesota fishing rules and regulations.